Conservation Chat

Conservation Chat, hosted by anthropologist Jacqueline Comito, is a podcast series that explores the relationship between conservation, soil, water, agriculture, and the people of Iowa. This is accomplished through thoughtful interviews with farmers and rural and urban residents about conservation and water quality in the state. Comito is the Director of Iowa Learning Farms, an Iowa State University Extension and Outreach program that has been building a culture of conservation statewide for over ten years.

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http://conservationchat.libsyn.com/podcast
Description
Conservation Chat, hosted by anthropologist Jacqueline Comito, is a podcast series that explores the relationship between conservation, soil, water, agriculture, and the people of Iowa. This is accomplished through thoughtful interviews with farmers and rural and urban residents about conservation and water quality in the state. Comito is the Director of Iowa Learning Farms, an Iowa State University Extension and Outreach program that has been building a culture of conservation statewide for over ten years.
Language
🇬🇧 English
last modified
2019-03-15 16:54
last episode published
2019-03-15 01:06
publication frequency
37.53 days
Contributors
Jacqueline Comito author  
Ann Staudt owner  
Explicit
false
Number of Episodes
41
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Categories
Science & Medicine Natural Sciences Social Sciences

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Episodes

Date Thumb Title & Description Contributors
15.03.2019

CC 41: Increasing Iowa's Wildlife Habitat

Kelsey Fleming, Pheasants Forever's Senior Farm Bill Wildlife Biologist, and Brian Hickman, IDNR's Private Lands Coordinator for the Wildlife Bureau, chat about the opportunities and challenges as they work to increase wildlife habitat on private lands...
19.02.2019

CC 40: Improving Iowa's Water Quality

Matt Helmers, director of the Iowa Nutrient Research Center, and Jamie Benning, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Water Quality Program Manager, discuss the research, opportunities and challenges facing the state as they work to improve Iowa...
22.01.2019

CC 39: Iowa's Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig

Newly elected Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig discusses his vision for scaling up Iowa’s Nutrient Strategy during his first full term in office.
25.01.2018

CC 38: Earthworms and Cover Crops with Ann Staudt and Dr. Tom Kaspar

Researchers Ann Staudt and Dr. Tom Kaspar chat about earthworms and cover crops and their connection to soil health and water quality.
29.11.2017

CC 37: Farmer Ben Johnson: Voluntarily Doing Conservation

Ben Johnson purchased his first farm in northeast Iowa with his brother Andy when he was a sophomore at Iowa State University and has been farming his own land for 20 years. Conservation saves him one of his most valued resources on the farm: time.
31.10.2017

CC 36: Sean McMahon and Creating Win-Win Situations for Water Quality Improvement

Sean McMahon is the Executive Director for the Iowa Agriculture Water Alliance. With 20+ years of experience in conservation and agriculture, Sean works with key partners to champion farmer engagement and adoption of practices that improve water qualit...
30.09.2017

CC35: Clare Lindahl: "Preaching" Conservation

Clare Lindahl was recently selected as the chief executive officer for the Soil and Water Conservation Society—the first woman ever to lead this national organization. Prior to this, Clare was the Executive Director for Conservation Districts of Iowa.
31.08.2017

CC 34: A Whole Farm Approach to Conservation: Farmers Chris Foss and Kristi Heffelmeier

Chris Foss and his daughter Kristi Heffelmeier farm together in Northeast Iowa. The family is dedicated to improving the soil health of their land and putting in practices that will improve the local creek.
31.07.2017

CC 33: Creative Watershed Improvement Projects with Shane Wulf and Joshua Balk

Shane Wulf and Joshua Balk chat about their creative approaches to watershed improvement projects in their jobs as watershed coordinators for Black Hawk County Soil and Water Conservation District in northeast Iowa.
29.06.2017

CC 32: Dr. Eileen Kladivko, Midwest Cover Crops Council

Eileen Kladivko is a professor of agronomy at Purdue University in Indiana and a founding member of the Midwest Cover Crops Council. Her specific research areas have included tile drainage, cover crops and earthworms. 
30.05.2017

CC 31: Dr. Bob Hartzler Chats Weeds and Conservation

Dr. Bob Hartzler is an ISU agronomy professor and an extension weed specialist. After years of removing milkweed from agricultural fields, he is encouraging its re-establishment in strategic locations to help stop monarch butterfly decline as a part of...
24.04.2017

CC 30: Sharon Krause, Owner and Operator of Dalla Terra Ranch

Sharon Krause is the owner and operator of Dalla Terra Ranch, a grass fed organic lamb operation in Madison County, Iowa. A native Iowan, Sharon is passionate about lambs, healthy lands and her local community.
31.03.2017

CC 29: Adam Janke: ISU Extension Wildlife Specialist

In this episode, I chat with Dr. Adam Janke, Assistant Professor and Extension Wildlife Specialist at Iowa State University. His focus is on strengthening wildlife conservation in working landscapes in Iowa.
24.02.2017

CC28: Nathan Anderson: Taking the Whole Farm Conservation Approach

This episode features a chat with Nathan Anderson, a young Iowa farmer who is passionate about minimizing the off-farm ecological impact of his farming practices so that future generations of his family can continue to farm.
26.01.2017

CC 27: Dr. Amy Kaleita: A Dreamer of Fields

This episode features a chat with Dr. Amy Kaleita of Iowa State University about the relationship between big data, precision technology, soil, water quality and conservation in Iowa.
22.11.2016

CC 26: Dr. Lisa Schulte Moore: An "All of the Above" Approach to Conservation

This episode features a chat with Dr. Lisa Schulte Moore of Iowa State University about the relationship between birds, prairies, trees, fire, water quality and conservation in Iowa.
26.10.2016

CC 25: Iowa’s 2016 Conservation Woman of the Year: Sue Kuennen Massman

Enjoy a chat with Iowa's 2016 Conservation Woman of the Year, farmer Sue Kuennen Massman, on her 160 acre farm in NE Iowa. Passionate about conservation, Sue lends her voice and experience to other women landowners.
29.09.2016

CC 24: University of Iowa’s Biomass Fuel Project

Dr. Emily Heaton of Iowa State University and Ingrid Gronstal Anderson of the University of Iowa discuss the U of I's goal of using giant miscanthus as a bioenergy crop.
30.08.2016

CC 23: Iowa Rivers Revival with Molly Hanson

Molly Hanson is the new Executive Director for the non-profit river advocacy group, Iowa Rivers Revival. A native Iowan, Molly is passionate about conservation and clean, free-flowing rivers.  
28.07.2016

CC22: Water Ecology with ISU's Dr. Tom Isenhart

Dr. Tom Isenhart, Iowa State University professor, chats water ecology and practices that can be implemented to improve stream health and water quality.
29.06.2016

CC 21: Conservation Pays: Farmer Rick Juchems with his daughter Liz

A conservation advocate, Rick Juchems farms in northeast Iowa and has implemented numerous conservation practices including cover crops. His daughter Liz is following in his footsteps -- not in farming, but in conservation education and outreach.
26.05.2016

CC 20: Farmer Seth Watkins: Curiosity, Creativity and Happy Cows

Seth Watkins farms his family heritage farm in southwest Iowa. He has a 600-head cow-calf enterprise and a whole farm approach to conservation: rotational grazing, wetlands, late season calving, and row crops integrated with prairie strips and cover cr...
27.04.2016

CC 19: Matt Helmers: Implementing Iowa's Nutrient Reduction Strategy

Dr. Matt Helmers is a professor in the Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering Department at Iowa State University. As one of the writers of Iowa's Nutrient Reduction Strategy, Helmers discusses what it will take to implement this strategy in the state...
15.03.2016

CC 18: Farmer Laura Krouse talks #1NewThingForWater

Laura Krouse operates Abbe Hills Farm, a 72 acre farming operation near Mt. Vernon, Iowa, where she raises a wide variety of vegetables, fruits, alfalfa, oats, and other small grains. Join host Jacqueline Comito as she chats with Laura about 1 New Thin...
22.02.2016

CC 17: Farmers Paul& Nancy Ackley Talk Cover Crops

Paul and Nancy Ackley have been farming together for 40 years and are adopting multiple conservation practices and restoring the health of their farm. I caught up with Paul and Nancy at the Practical Farmers of Iowa’s annual conference in January 2016....
28.01.2016

CC 16: John Lawrence talks Iowa's Nutrient Reduction Strategy

In this latest episode of the Conservation Chat, Jacqueline Comito visits with Dr. John Lawrence, Associate Dean of Iowa State University's College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and Director for Agriculture and Natural Resources Extension. Lawrence ...
16.12.2015

CC 15: Sally Hollis of Lanehaven Farms talks Cover Crops

Sally Hollis of Lanehaven Farms is passionate about helping their eastern Iowa farm improve and grow. Join us as we chat about cover crops, conservation, stewardship and coopertition in their farming operation that includes corn, soybean, seed corn, co...
30.11.2015

CC 14: Dr. Angie Carter and Women Farm Landowners in Iowa

This episode features a chat with Dr. Angie Carter, sociology fellow at Augustana College, on her research with women farm landowners in Iowa.
28.10.2015

CC 13: Dr. Rick Cruse, Agronomist and Soil Scientist

I Chat with Dr. Rick Cruse, Professor of Agronomy at Iowa State University and Director of the Iowa Water Center, on his work to more accurately estimate soil erosion in Iowa. According to Dr. Cruse, our present methods of estimating soil erosion are b...
25.09.2015

CC 12: Farmer Wendy Johnson from Northeast Iowa

In this podcast, I chat with beginning farmer Wendy Johnson who moved back to Iowa from L.A. to farm with her parents in Northeast Iowa raising corn, soybeans, hay and sheep. She and her husband have started their own enterprise, Joia Food Farm.
31.08.2015

CC 11: Mark Licht, ISUEO Cropping Systems Agronomist

In this podcast, I speak to Mark Licht about integrating conservation practices in profitable and sustainable ways.
9.07.2015

CC 10: Donna Buell: Agricultural Landowner and Environmental Activist

In this podcast, I chat with Donna Buell, who is an environmental activist, attorney and owner of a 300-acre farm near Holstein in northwest Iowa. With her young tenants, she is transitioning the farm to organic.
25.06.2015

CC 09: PFI's Sarah Carlson, Midwest Cover Crop Research Coordinator

In this podcast, I chat with Sarah Carlson, Midwest Cover Crop Research Coordinator and Practical Farmers of Iowa agronomist, about cover crops and the generational transitions happening on Iowa's farmland.
19.05.2015

CC 08: ELI: 2015 National Wetland Award Winner: Dr. Jacqueline Comito

In this podcast, ILF Assistant Manager, Ann Staudt, chats with Dr. Jacqueline Comito, a 2015 recipient of the Environmental Law Institute's National Wetlands Award in Outreach and Education, about her work in Iowa.
12.05.2015

CC 07: Jamie Benning: ISUEO Water Quality Program Manager

In this podcast, I chat with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach program manager Jamie Benning about Iowa's Nutrient Reduction Strategy and the approach ISUEO is taking to improving water quality in Iowa.
23.04.2015

CC 06: Cover Crops in Iowa with Dr. Tom Kaspar

In this podcast, I chat with plant physiologist and cover crop expert, Dr. Tom Kaspar who has been researching cover crops in Iowa for over 25 years at the USDA-ARS National Laboratory for Agriculture and the Environment in Ames, Iowa.
31.03.2015

CC 05: Rob Stout: Iowa Farm Environmental Leader Awardee

In this podcast, I chat with environmental leader and innovator Rob Stout, a farmer from southeast Iowa. For 30 years, Stout's farm has been an early adopter of emerging conservation management.
11.03.2015

CC 04: Director of the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture Dr. Mark Rasmussen

In this podcast, I chat with Dr. Mark Rasmussen, Director of the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture about foraging, Aldo Leopold's unique childhood and the importance of the Leopold Center to agriculture.
16.02.2015

CC 03: Tim Smith: A Whole Farm Approach to Soil Health and Water Quality

In this podcast, I chat with farmer Tim Smith about using whole farm approach to soil health and water quality improvements, from cover crops to bioreactors. Smith gives provocative insight into farmer decision making and the future of Iowa agriculture...
4.02.2015

CC 02: Southern Iowa Farmer Steve McGrew Discusses Cover Crops

In this podcast, I chat with farmer Steve McGrew about using cover crops to help meet the goals in Iowa's Nutrient Reduction Strategy. McGrew gives thoughtful insight into farmer decision making in regards to conservation and crop production.
2.02.2015

CC 01: Iowa's Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey

In this podcast, I chat with Secretary Northey about water quality in Iowa and Iowa's Nutrient Reduction Strategy.